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SLDC Continues Scheme To Reduce Council Tax For Vulnerable

The poorest people in South Lakeland will carry on paying less council tax.

The District Council's voted to continue its Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme until 2019.

SLDC's leader says the authority wants to tackle the "scourge of poverty."

It's paid for by the money made from council tax premiums on second homes and unoccupied properties.

SLDC’s Leader, Councillor Giles Archibald, said: ”I am very proud to be part of a caring council that is working hard to help tackle the scourge of poverty. We are right to be embarrassed at the extent of child poverty, fuel poverty and the fact that families are turning to local foodbanks for help.

“We all share the concern that poverty is getting worse and I am very pleased to be able to propose the continuation of a policy which in some way helps the most vulnerable In our society.

“We don’t have to maintain the Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme at the level we do,  but these reductions make a real difference to many people on low incomes.    

“This council is working with key partners on a new strategy to reduce poverty and build financial resilience. Schemes like this play their part in helping to ease financial suffering and hardship.”

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